New Channel 4 series Dementiaville, which explores a progressive approach to the care of people with dementia, started on Thursday 4 June.
Coming soon after May’s national Dementia Awareness Week, it is a further evidence of how the spotlight is increasingly being shone on this complex disease. It will be interesting to see how the programme influences attitudes among the general public and the professional health and caring sector.
It’s not surprising that dementia is being given a higher profile as so many more of us are facing it in our own families.
Around 800,000 people in the UK are currently living with dementia and it is predicted that 1 in 3 people will be affected in the future. There is no known cure.
But there are ways of helping people to live with dementia.
Morris Care has designed specialist care homes to meet the individual needs of residents and employs trained staff with those crucial caring, patient and empathetic skills. We have also developed our own bespoke approach to caring for those with dementia- The Cedar Philosophy. This is collaborative working with social care professionals, GPs and NHS Consultants to meet the individual needs of every resident.
As Carolyn Farmer, Home Manager at Corbrook Park in Audlem, puts it: “Every one of us has a unique spark of life and we make it our mission to listen and learn what’s important to each resident from the outset.
“As much as possible, our residents live to their own timescales and we ensure we are flexible in how we help and support them. Each person needs to feel part of an accepting community which enables more personal choices and this results in a demonstrable calmness and contentedness at Corbrook Park, with residents feeling safe, secure and loved.”